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IMPHAL | Oct 23

President of United Committee Manipur (UCM), E. Johnson said Manipur is not for one ethnic group alone. There can be no compromise on the matter of territorial integrity of the state, and if in case it is compromised another ‘June Uprising’ is in the offing, he added.

Johnson was speaking at a press meet held today at the head office of UCM located at Lamphel. He said content of the ‘Framework Agreement’ which was signed between the Central government and Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagalim, NSCN- IM on August 3, 2015, still remains a mystery.

Johnson said according to a reliable source it is said that the content of the agreement will be released by the end of this year. Before the conclusion is made chief minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal has already taken precaution and had claimed a single inch of Assam will not be compromised, he said.

Likewise the state government of Manipur had also assured that it will not compromise a single inch of land and a consultative committee has also been made regarding the issue of state integrity, he added.

Johnson asserted that the agreement must not include a single internal issue of Manipur. He recalled that the famous June 18 occurred due to the cease fire agreement signed between NSCN-IM and central government on Naga inhabited area without the consent of state government.

All the chief ministers of the Northeast need to cooperate and time has come to pressure the Central government on the issue of revealing the content of the Framework Agreement and an assurance that it will not affect the boundary of any of the states. 

He said people of the state and civil bodies have to cooperate immediately, in order to take precautionary measures against any possible compromises on the territorial integrity of Manipur.

Johnson also pointed out that it is not time for the political parties to lie dormant. The civil bodies, political leaders need to stand together firmly and must give pressure to the Central government and demand the content of the agreement, he continued.

On the issue of bifurcation of the state, UCM strongly condemned the demand of United People’s Front and Kuki National Organisation for demanding a hill state apart from Manipur. The two groups have been under suspension of operation since 2013 and they are demanding to dismantle the beautiful ethnic groups of Manipur, he lamented.

He said Kuki organisation civil bodies should not to take any unwanted steps against the state integrity. To bring peace and welfare for the state all the ethnic groups must work jointly, Johnson added.

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The second round of “political negotiation” between the Working Committee of 6 Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) and Centre’s interlocutor for Naga peace talks, RN Ravi was held today in Dimapur.

Since it was a closed door talks, what transpired in the talks was not known. Sources said that the talks began at 3 pm at Chumukedima Police Complex in Dimapur. N. Kitotovi, convenor of the Working Committee of 6 NNPGs who is also general secretary of GRPN/NSCN, also known by the media earlier as Unification group, led the team.

Earlier in the day at 2 pm, several organisations including Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC), ENPO, NGBF, CNTC met RN. Ravi at Chumukedima police complex. They apprised the Centre’s interlocutor for Naga Peace talks to make “stake holders” to be part of the ongoing peace talks. They also submitted memorandums to RN Ravi. The meeting lasted for about an hour.

Ravi arrived in Dimapur today from New Delhi. He was given ‘Public Reception’ near Dimapur Airport organised by NTC and other organisations based in the State of Nagaland at 12:30 pm. RN. Ravi told the gathering that he was here to take the views of the people. He also said that he was not in Nagaland to give “lecture but to listen to the people”.

Further other delegates of the Working Committee of 6 NNPGs who participated in today’s talks were Wangtin Naga, president of NSCN-Reformation who is also co-convenor of the Working Committee of 6 NNPGs, Zhopra Vero, president of NNC/FGN who is also another Co-convenor of the Working Committee of 6 NNPGs, V. Nagi, general secretary of NNC (Parent Body) and another co-convenor of the Working Committee of 6 NNPGs, Kiumukum, President of NNC/GDRN who is also one of the Co-convenors of the Working Committee of 6 NNPGs, Hozheto Chophi, general secretary of NNC/NPGN and another co-convenor of the Working Committee of 6 NNPGs, P Tikhal, General Secretary of NSCN-Reformation, Alezo Venuh, Envoy of GPRN/NSCN. Ghikiho Zhimomi of GPRN/NSCN and four other leaders.

Last month, Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) had expressed its gratitude to Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India “who has acknowledged the indispensability of the rest of NNPGsoutside the ongoing dialogue and has become pivotal in giving rational treatment to every stake-holder”.

It may be noted that last month, New Delhi had ‘formally’ invited the Working Committee of the 6 Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) “to be part of the peace process.”

The 6 NNPGs are GPRN/NSCN, FGN, NNC (Parent Body), NPGN/NNC (NA), NSCN (R) and the NNC/GDRN (NA).

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 00:00

PDS fails completely in hills, claims TKLI

IMPHAL | Oct 23

Tangkhul Katamnao Long Imphal (TKLI) has demanded immediate overhauling of all transport contractors and ration agents in the hills with consultation to all the elected representatives, the frontal organisations and public leaders of the respective hill areas in Manipur.

A release issued by TKLI president, R. Wortam alleged that the widespread complaints of fraudulent and haphazard functioning in the Public Distribution System (PDS) under CAF and PD during the present ministry are simply anti-people and disgraceful.   

Stating that National Food Security Act (NFSA) has become a farce especially in the Hill areas of Manipur, it said that even as the state rued under various natural calamities, 75 percent of the hill villagers of Manipur have not received a single food grains since last 6/7 months and added that most villages report of not getting rice supply since July 2016.

It said, “Especially in the hill areas, transport contractors were appointed without a single voice of the hill people and their representatives and leaders. Only valley based firms were appointed as transport contractors. The minister concerned is just acting on impulse and dictates of a few pressure groups.”

“Even as the hill people are aptly represented the voice of the elected representatives and other leaders representing the hill people were totally ignored”, it alleged.

Stating that the fair price shop and ration agents were appointed on the whims of the respective deputy commissioners who are just stages of a few leaders, it questioned how the government can serve the public and how there will be no divide between the valley and hill people when even the ministers are having such high attitudes.

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IMPHAL | Oct 23

Organised by Council of Tribal Languages and Literature Societies, Manipur (CTLLSM), Tribal Languages day was observed today at the conference hall of Tribal Research Institute (TRI).

MLA of Phungyar constituency, K. Leishiyo attended the function as chief guest. He put forward the importance of language and said that there is not enough financial allocation made by the state government to develop tribal languages beyond a certain level.     

He noted that there are more than 36 tribes in the state and each tribe speaks different language. He also noted that within a language itself there are also variations. For instance, there are variations of accent in the same language spoken every 10-20 km, he pointed out.

“There are 29 recognised languages and out of which 18 languages are recognised by the state government to be taught in schools. And these are not even properly developed to a ‘literary’ level”, Leishiyo said.

Though there is a separate budget for tribal languages development in the present state government, this is inadequate to develop them to a ‘literary’ level, he reiterated.

He gave assurance that he himself as a tribal will give his best effort to develop tribal languages of the state. 

He also lamented that language development should not be only from government’s side but advised that young generation should especially give interest for their betterment and preservation of their language.

The observation was attended by representatives from every tribe speaking different languages in the state.

The first Tribal Languages day was observed in November 4, 2014, also funded by TRI. The day commemorates the importance of mother tongue.

Ragongning Gangmei, chairman of CTLLSM giving keynote address said that the main aim of organising this day is to maintain an equal footing of every language of the state, be it tribal or Manipuri and to preserve, promote and develop mother tongue of every languages.

He asserted that language is a community’s soul, identity, pride, future and unity.

Director of language planning and implementation department, M. Mahavir Singh also attended the function as special guest of the function.

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 00:00

EGI decries Rajasthan govt’s ordinance

IMPHAL | Oct 23

The Editors Guild of India is deeply concerned by the Rajasthan government’s decision to make the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance 2017 into an Act in the current legislative session.

A release said the ordinance promulgated by the State government last month was ostensibly done to protect the judiciary and the bureaucracy against false FIRs. But in reality it is a pernicious instrument to harass the media, hide wrongful acts by government servants and drastically curb the freedom of the press guaranteed by the Constitution of India.

The Editors Guild wants the Rajasthan government to immediately withdraw the ordinance and desist from making it into law.

Rather than taking stern measures to prevent and punish those who indulge in frivolous or false litigation, the Rajasthan government has passed an ordinance that is bent on bludgeoning the messenger, it said.

While the Guild has always stood for fair, balanced and responsible reporting of FIRs filed in courts of law, it believes that the remedy being employed by the Rajasthan government is draconian and gives it unrestrained power to even imprison journalists for reporting matters of public interest, it added.

Further the Guild appeals to the chief minister, Vasundhara Raje to withdraw the harmful ordinance and prevent any Act from being passed that would endanger the freedom of the press.

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IMPHAL | Oct 23

Tamah (Piulekluang) Students’ Union has clarified to the public that the union is not against the opening of SBI bank, Tamei branch and wishes the bank to be opened permanently at the designated centre for all section of community in Tamei block.

A release said that if there is any issue in opening the bank at its designated centre, the union wants the issue to be solved first in mutual understanding between government and the people of Tamei.

It said that as there is an issue regarding the shifting of bank from its designated site, when the apex body of Liangmai, Laingmai Naga Council and the people of Tamah is engaged in bringing mutual understanding on the issue, Tamgenlong DC, Armstrong Pame superseded it and called an emergency meeting on October 17 at Tamei SDO Bungalow to have discussion on the said issue.

Further it said that during the meeting, the union and some other present members failed to understand why the DC was dictating in the meeting and boastfully claim the shifting of bank from the designated centre to Tamei guest house.

The union also failed to understand why such a qualified IAS officer was making tall claim threatening to cancel some beneficial schemes if the bank is not installed at the earliest, it added.

It further said that the union has received intimation letter from RBI on July 24 to open the Bank branch at the designated site and SBI also clearly stated that even if the bank has to be shifted, it will at least take 10 to 15 years as opening a branch involves huge investment for making racks, strong room, electric wiring and LAN cablings. Hence, shifting of the branch will cost the bank heavily as the same investment has to be made in the process, it added.  

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 00:00

Porompat police reaches out to Ningols

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IMPHAL | Oct 23

Superintendent of police, Imphal East, K. Kabib said people and police should cooperate jointly to bring peace in Manipur during Ningol Chakouba celebration held today at Porompat Police station.

Speaking on the occasion, Kabib said he is glad to see the hundreds of ningols coming to join the celebration organised by Porompat Police station. He said the police also needs support from the public as only police cannot bring peace.

He appreciated all the ningols who came to participate in the ceremony from different parts of Imphal East district including different ethnic groups including non-locals. He said the huge gathering shows that a good relationship between police and public can be built. Kabib exuded confidence that the bond shared today will remain intact in the future as well. 

One of the ningol also stated that there is a fear of police among the general public. But with the interaction and hospitality of police personnel, the public has realised that police are not brutal, they are performing the duty for the welfare of the people, she added.

Later, the ningols were presented with gifts as a token of love.

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IMPHAL | Oct 23

The closing function of a three-month certificate course in Computer Application (Border Area Development Programme) was held today at Institute of Co-Operative Management (ICM), Lamphel.

Parliamentary secretary, transport and planning, Manipur, Khasim Vashum speaking as the chief guest said in today’s information technology era, computer literacy is becoming a must to perform any task and face challenges.

Expressing his satisfaction on maintenance of good relationship among the teachers, staffs and students of ICM, he said he would be happier if the institute caters and provides the required training to the students living in the remote areas of the state who are still deprived of the facilities of computer literacy.

He said Manipur is home for famous doctors and scientists who mostly have studied and practised outside the state. He also stressed on the need to create awareness to the people and students residing in the hilly border areas who still have no idea about computer.

The three-month residential certificate course which started from July 24 was availed by 50 students from the border areas of Ukhrul district. Training was given on word processing, excel spread sheet, power point, image editing using Photoshop and various aspects of internet.

The course was organised by the Institute of Cooperative Management, Imphal under the sponsorship of planning department, government of Manipur. Out of the 50 trainees, one SP. Khankhami was adjudged as an all-rounder student and presented with a citation in today’s function.

Apart from the computer course, an Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) of ten days as well as a three-day orientation on Health and Nutrition and Fruit and Vegetable Preservation was also incorporated in the course in collaboration with MSME-DI.

Attending the function as the president, director of Planning department, Manipur, Th. Munindro Singh also exhorted the trainees while imparting them with some take home messages. He also distributed course completion certificates to the trainees.

The function was also attended by ICM director, N. Ranjana Devi, deputy director of MSME-Development Institute, Debrabrata Mitra, course co-ordinator/ senior faculty, ICM, K. Joychandra Singh and faculties and students of ICM.

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 00:00

Premila’s last rite to be performed

IMHAL | Oct 23

The JAC against unreasonable death of Naorem Premila Leima and the people of Toubul have claimed the lifeless body of Premila today from the morgue of RIMS to perform her last rite.

A release said the body was taken back after a negotiation between the state government and locals of Toubul on October 22 in presence of MLA of Oinam assembly constituency, L. Radhakishore.

The JAC had submitted a memorandum to the chief minister of Manipur and minister of health and family welfare on October 6, demanding for stringent action against the doctors and nurses, whose sheer negligence had caused the death of Premila on the fateful night of October 5 at Bishnupur District Hospital, said the release.

The state government had been ignoring the issue, despite of reminding repeatedly through the MLA of Oinam assembly constituency. However, after an assurance was given by the MLA, the doctors were suspended by the government, it added.

Moreover, the JAC had also included its demand in the memorandum for adequate compensation and ex-gratia to the next kin of the victim. The memorandum stated that government should take serious steps in this regard, as the MLA had publicly promised for compensation to deliver justice to the victim’s family, said the release.

No action contrary to the demands of JAC should be taken without consulting the JAC in the future, it added.

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 00:00

Eastern regional writers’ meet from today

IMPHAL | Oct 23

Renowned Manipuri theatre personality, Ratan Thiyam will be inaugurating the Eastern Regional Writer’s Meet at Lamyanba Sanglen, Palace Compound, Imphal tomorrow.

A release said that the writers’ meet jointly organised by Sahitya Akademi and Ashangba Communication will be held till October 25.

It said that the writer’s meet will have altogether four session and eminent writer’s like Santanu Kausik Baruah (Assamese), Tamal Bandyopadhyay (Bengali), Deva Kanta Ramchiary (Bodo), Ramnaresh Singh (Maithili), Kalusingh Ranapaheli (Nepali), Subhendu Mund (Odia), Badal Hembram (Santali), Reeta Baruah (Assamese), Nalini Bera (Bengali), Shyam Darihare (Maithili), Rajendra Dhakal (Nepali), Uthrisar Basumatary (Bodo), Anandini Devi (Manipuri), Jyoti Nanda (Odia), Madan Mohan Soren (Santali) will present their papers.

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